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FIERCE rock singer who in reality was a nice guy, Lemmy of Motorhead, dies of cancer

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12/29/2015 (3 years ago)

'Lemmy' Kilmister's fearsome image hid sincere man who cared deeply for his fans

Long stringy hair, prominent facial moles, and muttonchops made him appear as a modern day pirate. As the singer for the hard rock band Motorhead, Lemmy Kilmister would growl through songs that combined the speed of punk with the decibel-destroying power of heavy metal at its heaviest. Offstage, Kilmister was in fact the nicest guy you could ever hope to meet . he has succumbed to cancer at the age of 70.

Unapologetic for his hard-drinking ways, Lemmy Kilmister confessed, 'I didn't really want to be in the lifestyle without the music. And I didn't want to be in the music without the lifestyle.'

Unapologetic for his hard-drinking ways, Lemmy Kilmister confessed, "I didn't really want to be in the lifestyle without the music. And I didn't want to be in the music without the lifestyle."


12/29/2015 (3 years ago)

Published in Music

Keywords: Lemmy Kilmister, Motorhead, hard rock, cancer, death

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Kilmister had been diagnosed with the disease on December 26. He died mere days afterwards. Recent concert performances had shown a haggard and ill Lemmy.

Born in 1945, Ian Fraser Kilmister, Lemmy formed Motorhead in 1975. He was the band's sol consistent member as singer and bassist. Motorhead was not well received by the critics, who found the band overly loud and aggressive - but this endeared them to their fans, which were in both the largely warring punk and heavy metal circles.

Motorhead released 23 studio albums and are best known for their 1980 single "Ace of Spades."

Lemmy died at home, surrounded by family, playing video games.

Motorhead's surviving members called on Lemmy's fans to "play Lemmy's music LOUD. Have a drink or few. Share stories. Celebrate the LIFE this lovely, wonderful man celebrated so vibrantly himself."

The one thing Lemmy lacked as a rock star was a rock star attitude. Approachable, Kilmister would gather fans to talk about rock 'n' roll, which would dovetail into conversations such as history (he was an ardent scholar on the sinking of the Titanic) and current social issues.

Former Motorhead drummer Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor died aged 61 in November. Sole original surviving member "Fast" Eddie Clarke, wrote on Facebook: "I have just been told that Lemmy has passed away in LA. Like Phil, he was like a brother to me. I am devastated. We did so much together, the three of us . He will live on in our hearts. RIP Lemmy!"

Lemmy's later years had been met with health issues. He had undergone surgery to have an implantable defibrillator placed in his chest in 2013. Recent shows were cancelled at midpoint because of his exhaustion and a hematoma. Motorhead had been scheduled to tour the United Kingdom and France in early 2016.

His musical career began in the Sixties and was briefly a roadie for Jimi Hendrix. Earlier bands he played in included the Rockin' Vickers, Sam Gopal and Hawkwind.

In his autobiography, "White Line Fever," Lemmy wrote that he had been fired from Hawkwind for "doing the wrong drugs."

In spite of Motorhead's success, Lemmy claimed that he had made more money from writing Ozzy Osbourne's 1991 hit "Mama, I'm Coming Home" than from the entire Motorhead catalogue.

Unapologetic for his hard-drinking ways, he confessed, "I didn't really want to be in the lifestyle without the music. And I didn't want to be in the music without the lifestyle."


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